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oes it really make a difference which college of a biblical worldview. Our desire is for our students to
you attend?" The answer to that question is a follow Paul's injunction to "bring every thought into cap-
theme that weaves its way through the pages of tivity to the obedience of Christ" (2 Cor. 10:5).
this issue of Bryan Life. God is honored by the telling of I am convinced that the history of our nation is writ-
these stories that feature our current students, our new ten by the teachings imparted on college campuses,
graduates, and our faithful alumni who are making a dif- There is great hope for our nation and the peoples of the
ference in their worlds. world as Bryan continues to graduate students who have a
On May 5, 2007 seniors eagerly traversed the platform life-long desire to serve their Savior by making a differ-
to receive their diplomas and other awards for a job well ence in their world.
done — giving tangible evi-
dence of the reward of many
years of diligent work by
both students and their pro-
fessors. Although com-
mencements are common at
every college, the kind of edu-
cation Bryan graduates receive is unique.
During the spring semester I had an interesting con-
versation with a member of our women's basketball team
who was part of this graduating class. She told me that
she had attended three colleges before transferring to
Bryan from another Christian college two years ago. "I
want you to know," she said to me, "what Bryan has
meant to me spiritually. This is the first college where I
have seen a consistency between the teachings of the
Bible and what is taught and lived out on the campus. I
couldn't be happier to have come to Bryan."
By holding to absolute truth and by nurturing the
freedom to know and love Jesus Christ through disciple-
ship and spiritual formation, Bryan is producing a genera-
tion of leaders who look at their world through the lens
...Bryan is producing a
Because Wayne, '74, and
Diane Cropp know that
generation Of leaders Who lOOk Bryan did make a difference
. i • i i -l i ■ l i in Wayne's life and that of
at their world through the lens
his siblings, the campus
Of a biblical WOrldvieW. family and visitors now
enjoy a beautiful and signifi-
cant collection of art, "The Magnificent Fifty:
Foundation of Faith," that hangs in the second floor of
Mercer Hall. With a significant gift to his alma mater,
Wayne has chosen to honor his parents who sacrificed so
that Wayne could be a Bryan student. What a great
investment by John and Patricia Cropp and what an
example set for all Bryan alums by Wayne and Diane.
Yes, it really does make a difference where you attend
college. Bryan College: Educating students to become
servants of Christ to make a difference in today's world.
Dr. Stephen D. Livesay
Bryan Life 1
Bryan celebrates Graduation 2007
A red-letter day for Bryan's Class of 2007 had a
star-spangled lining as the graduation program
included commissioning one graduate as an
officer in the United States Marine Corps.
Two hundred graduates received their degrees, eight
members of the Class of 1957 received their Golden
Anniversary diplomas, and one of those alumni was
presented an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
degree in Bryan's 74th commencement on May 5.
With some 1,600 guests gathered on the Triangle
lawn, Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay told grad-
uates, "I commend you for persevering in the pursuit of
your degrees, for triumphing over many obstacles to
obtain this goal set before you.
"I commend you today to unlock the secret of a
successful life — of yielding yourselves anew each day in
humble obedience to God's word and grasping His
hand of guidance. I commend you to God's providen-
tial hand for care and keeping.
"I charge you with honoring the motto of your alma
mater — Christ Above All — for as you honor and live
out that motto, you honor Bryan College and all who
have gone on before you representing Bryan through-
out the world.
"I charge you with leading lives of excellence — lives
of leadership in the vocation to which you are called
and have been prepared. May God enable you to make
a difference in your world.
2 Christ above all
"And finally, and most significantly, I charge you to
live out the greatest of commandments — to love the
Lord your God with all your heart, all your strength,
and all your mind, and to love your neighbor as your-
Festivities began Friday with the Golden Graduates'
dinner, a Vespers service for the graduates, and a recep-
tion at the home of President and Mrs. Livesay.
In his remarks to the Class of 1957, Dr. Livesay
complimented them for their years of service to the
Lord, their example to current students, and their sup-
port for the college. He said Bryan's motto, Christ
Above All, is and will remain a constant reminder that
every endeavor of the college must be carried out in
ways that honor our Lord.
That theme surfaced again in his remarks to the
Class of 2007. "I just came from meeting with the
Golden Graduates. They have kept the faith," he said.
"Your greatest testimony when you come back in 2057
for your golden graduation is that you will be able to
say that you kept the faith.
"We on this campus want to keep Bryan College
what it is, but to dig down deeper and become more
salt and light in the world.
"I challenge you to make a difference. You are going
to have to get out of the boat if you are going to walk
on water. Get out of the boat. Do something only the
Lord can do through you."
Graduate John Schindler,
speaking for his classmates,
pointed out that Dr. Livesay
arrived at Bryan "with us. Like
us, he was the new kid on the
block. But the college has moved
forward under his leadership."
College "was a struggle for some, a
breeze for others" but Bryan has "molded and shaped
[us] into men and women."
John Stonestreet, assistant professor of Bible and
director of the Summit at Bryan College, spoke at the
invitation of the graduates. He encouraged them to not
celebrate some things at graduation.
"Don't celebrate that you're finished," he said.
"College is not about being finished. The purpose of
education is not to get educated but to prepare for what
Be an ambassador.
Live life, protect life,
are put on.
"You're not finished. You don't finish learning, liv-
ing in community, growing, being tested.
"Don't celebrate that you're now ready to enter the
real world. You've always been in the real world. This
place is filled with real people, real
decisions, real consequences. You
may transition from one place to
another, but you are in the real
At the same time, he pointed
out that as Christians "our cele-
brations are contextualized because
they are centered on God's faithfulness."
Mr. Stonestreet called on the graduates to "be
activists. We are called to be human, we are called to be
creative. Live life, don't be afraid to be human.
"Be an alien. At the end of the day we are supposed
to do things differently. We are not supposed to be
aliens from the earth, but from the world. Don't go
around the world, go through it.
"Be an ambassador. Live life, protect life, proclaim
happens for the rest of your life. This is a trajectory you life."
Following Vespers, the graduates moved to the
home of Dr. and Mrs. Livesay for a reception, which
was cut short by rain that began to fall about 9 p.m.
Although the clouds lingered Saturday morning, the
rain stopped in time for a squad of Operations person-
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(Left) Members of the Class of 1957 were honored during their Golden
Graduation reunion at commencement. Pictured, from left, front, are Judy
King Barth, Charlotte Wilde Schoettle, and Donna Black Cornelius. Back
are Jim Barth, Ken Hanna, Helen Bush Archer, Shirley J urliss Hobson, and
Shirley Smiley Klingsmith. (Right) Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay
presents former President Dr. Kenneth G. Hanna his honorary Doctor of
Humane Letters diploma.
nel to wipe down the 1,800 seats that had been placed
on the Triangle for the graduation service.
Following a longstanding tradition, addresses were
presented by representatives of the graduation class.
Destiny Gordon, speaking for graduates in the Aspire
degree completion program, credited the program with
helping her achieve a dream of earning her diploma. In
addition, the coursework was immediately applicable in
"One of the first assignments in Aspire was to read
an essay entitled 'Essay on the Nature of Mankind
According to Scripture.' It talked about how we are
made in the image of God and how God made
mankind in His image. This was something I knew, but
applying it to the world of business became a first-hand
truth when I received a promotion at my job. I looked
at my occupation, which was a leadership role, and tried
to always consider the principles outlined in the essay."
Beth Starbuck, speaking for the traditional gradu-
ates, challenged her classmates to beware of the post-
modern philosophy of tolerance and not deviate from
truth, no matter how difficult that may be.
"I believe the real challenge we have before us is not
to persuade everyone that we are right or to win every
apologetic argument. If we truly desire to make an eter-
nal difference with a world that teaches tolerance, our
biggest challenge is to speak the truth in love.
"My prayer for this graduating class is that we will
not be swept under the current of the philosophy of
our culture. Instead, may we build relationships with
people who oppose our views, and demonstrate that
Christian love trumps tolerance at all times."
A patriotic touch was added to the service as
Jonathan Lucas, who received a B.S. degree in biology,
took his oath as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine
Corps. After his parents, Robert and Joan Lucas of
Waldorf, Md., pinned the insignia of rank on his shoul-
ders, he received his first salute as an officer from
Marine Cpl. Jeff Ruark, a member of the Class of 2008,
who recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq.
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Kauffman moves to academics
Laura Kaufmann has been named assistant academic
vice president, assuming some of the responsibili-
ties relinquished as Dr. Ken Froemke moves from
his position as dean of instruction to a new position as
accreditation liaison, Academic Vice President Dr. Calvin
White has announced.
The changes became effective June 1.
Dr. White said Dr. Froemke has been asking for some
time to curtail some of his responsibilities, and his new
position will concentrate his attention on areas which
match his strengths and the college's needs.
Ms. Kaufmann will retain her position as director of
the library and will assume responsibilities from Dr.
Froemke including directing the liberal arts major, oversee-
ing the curriculum committee, and faculty development.
"We have been talking to Ms. Kaufmann for about five
years about expanding her role at Bryan," Dr. White said.
"The president, Dr. Froemke, and I have looked at her as a
leader, a good thinker, a strategic planner. She has a long
history with the college and the faculty respects her."
Ms. Kaufmann is a 1987 Bryan graduate and this year
completed 10 years of service at the college.
"I'm prayerfully eager for a change from library admin-
istration, much as I've loved that, and I'm excited to see
how the Lord is shaping our alma mater's future," Ms.
In her tenure as library director she has overseen con-
struction of a library facility separate from the college
administration building, a doubling in size of the collec-
tion, doubling of the staff, and quintupled use of library
materials. The library's Association of College and
Research Libraries rating has risen from a "C" 10 years
ago to an "A" today.
Her appointment is part of the administration's plan
to provide raise enrollment to 1,200 in the traditional pro
gram in the next several years, requiring a growth in facul
ty, staff and academic programs, Dr. White said.
Froemke to focus on accreditation
For the third time in his nearly
30 years at Bryan, Dr. Ken
Froemke is moving out of the
academic arena, this time to a position
designed to ensure the college remains
in compliance with accreditation
O Christ above all
Dr. Froemke, a 1968 Bryan gradu-
ate, returned to his alma mater in 1978
as a professor in the education depart-
ment after 10 years of teaching and
counseling in public schools. A year
later, then-President Dr. Theodore C.
Mercer asked him to create a counsel-
ing office, where he stayed for eight
"Eventually we had two full-time
counselors," he said. "We did career
screening, personal and academic
counseling and had an extensive test-
Ken andMarcy Froemke
He returned to the education
department as the department head
and assumed leadership
for that department's
by the state in 1993.
As a result of that
then-President Dr. William E. Brown
asked him to again leave the educa-
tion department and become dean of
institutional effectiveness and prepare
for reaccreditation of the college by
the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools in 1994. He accepted
that challenge and established a model
which has been adopted by a number
of other Christian colleges.
During Dr. Brown's presidency
Dr. Froemke was drawn back to the
academic program, becoming head of
the liberal arts major, in addition to
his other responsibilities.
"In 2004, we had a very good
reaccreditation visit by the Southern
Association's Commission on
Colleges team," Dr. Froemke said.
"But the work load has continued to
grow. Our president (Dr. Stephen D
Livesay) is aggressively pursuing new
programs such as the MBA degree.
All of these involve writing proposals
to the Commission on Colleges,
developing self studies, and coordi-
nating site visits. Since the MBA was
approved last year, that has consumed
a lot of time."
Under the leadership of Dr. Cal
White, academic vice president, Dr.
Froemke 's title was changed to dean
Froemke is cutting ties with Bryan
academics to focus on other college
He said there are two things of
which he is particularly proud in his
service to the college. The successful
accreditation visits for the college in
2004 and the MBA program in 2006
are significant because "Dr. Livesay
told me it is unheard of for a visit to
conclude with only two or three rec-
ommendations, as we did with both
of these." The other is serving as a
confidential sounding board for Dr.
...This is the best way I can
contribute to the college before I retire.
Dr. Ken Froemke
of instruction and he was given addi-
tional responsibilities for orienting
and mentoring new faculty members,
evaluating current faculty, and chair-
ing the curriculum committee.
"After these many years at Bryan,
I felt it was time to cut back," he said.
"I thought I'd concentrate solely on
the position of accreditation liaison
that the Commission on Colleges
mandated. It's a three-page job
description they are requiring member
schools to implement, and I thought
this is the best way I could continue
to contribute to the college before I
So, for the third time, Dr.
academic responsibilities in her new
position as assistant academic vice
president, said, "He has accomplished
invaluable (and seemingly impossible)
successes in the accreditation process
that have meant the difference
between Bryan's thriving or being
sidelined. He's certainly among those
alumni who have contributed signifi-
cantly to our alma mater."
Ken is married to Dr. MARCY
(STEWART) FROEMKE, '72, an
assistant professor in Bryan's
Department of Education. They
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Cropp family helps deck the halls
A I i^ s °PP ortun ity was perfect; it
I fit." Wayne Cropp, 74, was
M speaking of the new look in
the corridors of the first and second
floors of Mercer Hall, which have
become a showcase for a unique
exhibit of watercolor paintings of the
50 state capitols.
In November 2006, Mr. Cropp
and his wife, Diane, approached
Bryan President Dr. Stephen D.
Livesay about making some kind of
gift to honor Wayne's parents.
"Bryan College is a great institu-
tion, one that I love and one that has
meant a lot to our family," Mr. Cropp
said. "All four of the Cropp children
went to Bryan. We came from humble
circumstances, and it was a sacrifice, a
commitment that my parents made to
provide a Christian education for us.
My desire was to recognize the sacri-
fice my parents made to send all four
of us to Bryan."
The dreams that became the
showcase for the "Magnificent Fifty"
began several years ago. Following
reconstruction of Mercer Hall after
the fire of 2000, suitable decoration
of the corridors was delayed as other
needs of the college were addressed.
About the same time, Dayton
watercolor artist Sue Wilhoit was
exhibiting paintings of Tennessee
courthouses in Washington, DC. She
had the idea then to paint each state
capitol, a project which she plans to
complete in the next 1 8 months.
"I checked with the National
Archives and Smithsonian Institution
to see when something artistic rather
From lefty artist Sue Wilhoit; Melissa Cleveland, who framed the prints; and Patricia
and John Cropp, parents of Wayne Cropp.
than photographic like this had been
done. I thought it would be unique
for a single artist to do all 50 capi-
Dr. and Mrs. Livesay suggested
that the Cropp s underwrite the cost
of lighting and decorative elements to
provide suitable display space for
prints of Mrs. Wilhoit's paintings,
with the addition of statements from
each state's historic documents point-
ing out this country's Christian her-
"He mentioned that, and it
seemed so natural for me," Mr. Cropp
said. "My personal interest in art
tends toward a combination of land-
scapes and architecture. What Sue has
done fit with that. Architecture and
nature can both glorify God. That
was the unifying theme we wanted,
honoring my parents and glorifying
"We have a prayer that this art
will speak in somebody's life. We
want somebody someday to see it all
come together as they never had
before they viewed this beautiful
exhibit, that history, nature, and
architecture can glorify God and tell
us about our Christian heritage in
Mrs. Livesay explained that a
committee of faculty, staff, students
and trustees worked with an interior
designer to translate plans into reali-
ty. On May 4, the exhibit on the sec-
ond floor was dedicated.
O Christ above all
Vice President for Advancement
Robert F. Davis said the Cropps' gift
illustrates how needs of the college
and desires of alumni and friends to
create a lasting memorial can work
"Bryan College has a long list of
special ways through which alumni
may speak through their philanthro-
py," Mr. Davis said. Individuals inter-
ested in discussing this idea may call
Mr. Davis at 423-775-7323.
Mr. Cropp added that the project
his gift made possible is both a recog-
nition of the efforts of the college to
educate students to become servants
of Christ to make a difference in the
world and of the blessings he has
"Bryan College does not have a
large endowment," he said. "I think
of all the graduates who have been
missionaries, ministers, or educators,
doing things that are very important
The Cropp family celebrate the completion of the "Magnificent Fifty" showcase at Bryan
College with Dr. and Mrs. Tivesay and Sue Wilhoit.
to the kingdom of God, as a result of own and sell a business. When I sold
their Christian education. However, the business, I had the opportunity to
while saving up treasures in Heaven, make a contribution to Bryan College,
those vocations generally do not make and this opportunity was perfect, a
you rich here on earth. good fit."
"I'm a businessman; the Lord has
blessed me with the opportunity to
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in Santo Domingo
Ministry and basketball was an irresistible com-
bination for Sarah Coffman and six Lady
Lions teammates as they traveled to Santo
Domingo May 9-16 in a trip coordinated by Score
Asst. Coach Corey Mullins said a ministry trip such
as this is part of the program's regular schedule,
designed to enable team members to use their basketball
skills to share the Gospel in another culture.
That was just what Sarah wanted. "I'm very interest-
ed in missions; I'm considering going into missions after
I graduate," she said. "My vision of missions is that
God has called us to share the Gospel. Plus, I thought
this would be a cool opportunity to go and play basket-
Playing basketball obviously wasn't the top priority for
the trip as the pre-game schedule usually called for the
team to be on the road at 8 a.m. to a ministry site, either
a sugar cane village or an orphanage.
Coach Mullins said once they reached their site, "we'd
spend about two hours there, playing with the kids. Two
team members would give their testimonies and our inter-
preter would present the Gospel. We'd eat lunch, then
take the bus to Santo Domingo to play a basketball game
in the early afternoon.
He said the sugar cane villages "are the most primi-
tive villages you ever saw. They are right outside the sugar
cane fields. It's eye-opening to see how other people live
and to see kids that don't have much, but are still happy.
They were excited to see us, to show us their village and
to show us the games they play."
Sarah said giving her testimony through an interpreter
lO Christ above all
Senior Sarah Coffman, a member of the Lady Lions basketball
team, ministered to the children of Santo Domingo on a team mis-
sion trip in May. She said her most memorable moment of the trip
was singing to a little orphan girl named Maria.
was difficult because "I would be thinking in English
while the translator was talking in Spanish, and I wanted
to hear what he was saying."
Her most memorable moment came without the aid
of an interpreter. One day the team visited an orphanage
for handicapped children. "I have a real passion for kids,"
she said, "but I had never been to an orphanage, let alone
one where there are so many children with physical limi-
tations. I really didn't know how to handle that, so the
day before I really prayed."
Team members stopped by the beds of the children
and tried to converse with them despite the language bar-
rier. "I came to a little girl named Maria. All she could do
was move her hands. I was holding her hands in mine,
and when I ran out of things to say I started singing
"Maria" from "West Side Story." She got the most beauti-
ful smile on her face, and I started crying."
In the late afternoon, the girls played their scheduled
basketball games, facing teams which included profession-
al players and top amateurs from the Dominican
"Women's basketball is really picking up there," Coach
Mullins said. "Most of the guys play baseball, but the
women play basketball. The basketball there was really
good. All the teams we faced were extremely disciplined
and very athletic."
The Lady Lions went 1-3 on their trip, but the key for
them was sharing their testimonies afterward. Sophomore Kay /in Carswell plays with a group of lively children
Sarah explained that their group leader told them "the f rom Santo Domn & ' Each da ^ La ^ Uom team memhm muld
girls had heard the Gospel, but she said it takes about two
years from the time they first hear until they begin to
understand and are ready to make a decision. A couple of
girls that we met accepted Christ."
God working in lives was what the trip was all about,
and Coach Mullins said that happened. "There wasn't one
spend a few hours playing with children and
After lunch, they would play a basketball game.
outstanding event, just a whole lot of good stuff that
happened," he said. "Every game and in the villages we
could see God working in the lives of people in unique
Athletes receive post-season honors
Bryan student-athletes who
received post-season honors
this spring included:
♦Brittany Swanson: Appalachian
Athletic Conference Player of the
Year award (second year in a row)
♦Kellie Thurman: All-Conference
♦Katie Davis: All- Conference
♦Coach Matt Bollant was named
AAC Co-Coach of the Year.
♦Versell Wells: All-Conference
♦Tyler Cooke, Kyle Terry:
Academic All-Conference Team.
♦Alex White: AAC All-Freshman
♦Drew Fredrich: All-Conference.
♦Jeremy Deal, Will Newman, Ben
Wharton, Michael Kent: Honorable
♦Ben Wharton: Rawlings Gold
Glove Award, outfielder, NAIA
♦Drew Friedrich: Honorable
Mention All- Region Team
♦Drew Friedrich, Jeremy Deal, Will
Newman, Ben Wharton, Matt Day,
Ben Young: NCCAA All-Region
♦Michael Kent: NCCAA
Honorable Mention All-Region Team.
♦Drew Friedrich: NCCAA
Honorable Mention All- American.
Men's Cross Country
(Second place in AAC and
Region 12 Championships in Men's
♦Daniel Goetz: ACC All
Conference Cross Country, Region 12
All Region Team Cross Country, and
NAIA National Championship quali-
fier in Cross Country, Indoor Track,
and Outdoor Track.
♦Josh Bradley: AAC Cross Country
All Freshman Team and NAIA
National Championship qualifier in
Indoor Track, Outdoor Track.
♦Zach Buffington: AAC Cross
Country All Freshman Team.
Women's Cross Country
♦Bailey Payne: AAC Cross Country
Bryan Life 11
Mrs. Jody Cheon, Mrs. Tiffany
Christian, Mr. Bryan Day, Mr.
Christopher Henderson, Mr.
Michael Sapienza and Ms. Kim
Tuttle attended the Southern
Association for College Admission
Counseling annual conference in
Atlanta in April.
Dr. Steve deGeorge spent two weeks
in the Czech Republic and Poland in
May. He advised schools and present-
ed seminars at a teacher's conference
on behalf of the Association of
Christian Schools International
(ACSI). He was part of the State
Department of Education Review
Committee for alternative teacher
licensure programs in Nashville,
Tenn., and was part of the visiting
team for the ACSI review of
Covenant College's education pro-
Dr. Marcy Froemke attended the
Association of Christian Schools
International convention in
Birmingham, Ala., in February.
Miss Matthea Hungerford received
the Graduate Student Award for
Outstanding Research Paper from
Indiana State University for the work
she did on her Master's thesis. The
award is presented to the graduate
student whose work, in the view of
the faculty, made the greatest impact
or added most to the field. She also
presented a poster titled "ATEP
Course Placement Affects First-time
Pass Rate of Written Examination" at
the 2007 Southeast Athletic Trainers'
Association annual research seminar
in Franklin, Tenn., in March. The
poster was based on her Master's the-
Dr. Doug Kennard presented two
papers at the Society for Christian
Philosophers meeting in April at
Columbia International University in
South Carolina. The papers are
"Biblical Anthropology as a Creation
and Revelation Framework for Doing
Bio-Ethics with a "Focus on Soul,"
and "Biblical Anthropology as a
Creation and Revelation Framework
for Doing Bio-Ethics with an
Emphasis on Image of God."
Dr. Dana Kennedy has completed
all her course work for the Master's of
Science degree in Public Health with
a 4.0 grade average, and has had her
doctoral prospectus approved.
Dr. David Luther was featured in a
profile in the Chattanooga Times Free
Press in March.
Mr. Bruce Morgan spoke at a cele-
bration of Black History Month at
Mt. Olive United Methodist Church
in Dayton, Tenn., in February.
Dr. Jeff Myers hosted the Wisdom
Trek conference for Passing the
Baton International in Rome, Ga., in
March. He traveled to Hawaii and
Philippines to speak and to train
Passing the Baton speakers in April.
In May he was the keynote speaker at
the Oklahoma Home Educators
Conference, and delivered the gradua-
tion address at Donelson Christian
Academy in Nashville, Tenn. He was
the graduation and workshop speaker
at New Testament Christian School in
Plymouth, Mass., May 30-June 2.
Dr. Drew Randle spoke at the youth
retreats of New Union Baptist
Church and of Grace Bible Church,
both of Dayton, Tenn., in February.
Dr. Stephen D. Livesay attended the Dr. Clark Rose has received confir-
Tennessee Independent Colleges and
Universities president's meeting in
Nashville and the American
Association of Presidents of
Independent Colleges and
Universities conference in Scottsdale,
Ariz., in February.
mation of his licensure as a licensed
professional counselor with a mental
health service provider designation in
12 Christ above all
Dr. Jack Traylor served as public
address announcer for the National
Association of Christian Athletics
national invitational Christian high
school basketball tournament in
February and March.
Dr. Ken Turner was the conference
speaker for a youth/ college retreat in
Las Vegas, Nev, in February
Dr. Cal White, Dr. Clark Rose, and
Miss Laura Kaufmann attended a
council for Independent Colleges'
conference on libraries in Portland,
Ore., Feb. 28-March 3.
Dr. Mel Wilhoit sang with the
Chattanooga Bach Choir in concerts
in Signal Mountain, Tenn., and
Dalton, Ga., in April. He performed a
trumpet solo during a Mardi Gras
fund-raising dinner for the choir in
February. His article, "John Newton:
Beyond Amazing Grace," was pub-
lished in the collections Minds and
Hearts in Praise of God: Essays in
Church Music in Honor of Hugh T.
McElrath (Providence House). He
has been invited to deliver a lecture
on the same subject at the annual
conference of The Hymn Society in
United States and Canada in July.
Mr. John Stonestreet spoke in
Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Mexico
and Canada in March.
Faculty and staff members who left the college at the end of the 2006-07
school year include, from left, L/oyd Milligan, instructor and missionary-in-
residence; Julian Williamson, assistant professor of communication studies;
Matthea Hungerford, instructor in health science; and Keith Bates,
HVAC mechanic. Mr. Milligan will assume full-time responsibilities with
Wy cliff e Bible Translators, Mr. Williamson will work full-time on a film
project over the next several years. Ms. Hungerford is returning to her alma
mater, Gardner-Webb University, to take an athletic training position. Mr.
Bates has taken a position in private industry.
Bollant named head coach
for NCAA Division 1 Team
Women's basketball Coach Matt Bollant has been named head coach of the
NCAA Division I University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women's basketball
team. In his five years at Bryan, the Lady Lions posed a 134-38 record and
made four straight trips to the NAIA national tournament. His first year the
team played in the NCCAA national tournament.
Bryan Life 13
1940s •; 1960s %;
NELL PEARSON, '49, has faced
health struggles this year as surgery to
replace a hip replacement revealed
problems from the original operation
that made the planned replacement
unwise. She requests prayer as she
faces a difficult rehabilitation.
1967: Bob Andrews
JANINE SLOCUM, '69, lives in
Greenville, S.C., where she is adminis-
trator of a renewal program for
women involved in drug and alcohol
m ^ — ^ m aouse.
1950s •> 197Q ,,
Class Representatives ^^^
1954: Ginny Seguine Schatz
1956: Bud Schatz
Jim and Adrienne Reese (left)
John and Lenore Kaiser (right)
Dr. JIM and ADRIENNE (KERR)
REESE, both '56, and Dr. JOHN
and LEONORE (MARKOW)
KAISER, both '79, had their own
Bryan alumni meeting in Canada in
April. John is president of the
Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist
Churches in Canada, and Jim and
Adrienne have been serving
Fellowship churches for 45 years.
14 Christ above all
1971: Maye Hayes Jepson
MAYE (HAYES) JEPSON, '71, has
been named to the national board of
directors of Stonecroft Ministries, a
organization headquartered in Kansas
City, Mo., with the vision of provid-
ing global leadership in reaching
women for Jesus Christ. Maye and her
husband PHIL, '70, live in
STEVE CRISWELL, '78, is the spe-
cial teams coordinator and assistant
offensive and defensive lines coach
for the Dallas Desperadoes, an Arena
Football League team.
Steve and his wife, LORI (UTZ),
'79x, are co-founders of The
Edgewood Co. of Virginia, Inc., a
multi-faceted transportation and logis-
tics company, and Edgewood
Properties, LLC, a business properties
purchase and revitalization company
in Ashland, Va. Steve and Lori, par-
ents of ASHLEY, '06, live in Aylett,
DANNY JELLEY, '77, and his wife,
Robbie, live in Hendersonville, Tenn.,
a suburb of Nashville, where Danny
is vice president of development for
Agio International, the largest manu-
facturer of outdoor furniture for the
U.S. market. He "commutes" to
China where the products are manu-
factured eight to 10 times a year.
Danny and Robbie have been married
28 years and have two daughters and
1980: Tom Branson
1984: Paulakay Franks
1985: Steve Stewart
1986: Gina Lyles Hays
1987: Laura Kaufmann
1988: Brett Roes
1989: Gretchen Mann Sanders
BRUCE MORGAN, '82, Bryan
College dean of students, completed
of his Master's degree in Higher
Education from Geneva College in
MARTHA (ARDELEAN), '83, and
Doug WEYGANDT took a missions
trip vacation to Brazil in July 2006,
and visited RICK, '83x, and KIM
(FIORI), '83, PARKER while there.
They spent time in the Amazon rain
forest helping Rick and Kim prepare
for a trip to a camp for underprivi-
leged teens, and sightseeing in Brasilia
where Martha had graduated from
CHERYL (JOHNSON), '84, and
Greg RYLE added 2-year-old Talitha
to their family on Aug. 14, 2006.
Talitha joins older siblings Meghan, 5,
Matt, Jeremy, and Ben. Cheryl teaches
sixth grade at Quisqueya Christian
School in Haiti.
COLLEEN (FISCHER), '86, and
John MISIOLEK live in Clementon,
N.J., where they help run the youth
ministries at their church. Their chil-
dren are Matt, 1 6, a high school soph-
omore; Danielle, 15, a freshman; and
Andy, 12, who is home schooled.
Danielle and several friends travel
each week to Walter Reed Army
Medical Center to talk with injured
soldiers and assist them in their craft
GLENN MCCLAIN, '87, received
the Doctor of Education degree from
the University of Northern Colorado
in May. His major is in educational
leadership and policy studies. In
reporting this achievement he said,
"My academic success has its roots in
my experience at Bryan College. Many
of the skills that I have used academi-
cally and professionally I honed on
the Hill under the tutelage of Bryan
professors." Glen serves as superin-
tendent of schools for the Platte
Valley School District in Kersey, Colo.
He and his wife, SHAWNA
(BUCKLEN), '86, have three chil-
dren, Glenn III, 13; Seth, 11; and
BONNIE (WAGLER), '88, and
Chris WILLIAMS announce the
birth of their daughter, Christina
lbs., 5 oz.,
and was 20
She joins big brother Tyler and big
sister Kaylie. The Williams family
lives in Dade City, Fla.
DEBRA (MASTERS), '89 and Tim
SCHROEDER announce the birth
of their seventh child, Abigail Rose,
on Dec. 18, 2006. Abigail joins sib-
lings Buck, 15; Ethan, 13; Hannah,
11; Isaac, 7; Levi, 4; and Noah, 2. The
Schroeder family lives in Sebring, Fla.
1991: Debbie MacNab Gegerson
A group of former basketball players
and other alumni gathered at the
home of JOHN, '95, and ANGELA
(GRIGGS), '94, SPEARS in
Alpharetta, Ga., for a weekend of fun
centered around the NCAA national
basketball tournament in Atlanta.
Pictured, from left, are TIM MCIN-
TOSH, '94; JEREMY SPERRING,
'94; JOHN SPEARS, '95; PETE
STONE, '96; KENNY
GUSTAFSON, '94; CLAY
CAUSEY, '95; Coach Morris
Michalski; BRYAN ECK, '96;
BURCH WALKER, '95; JEFF
VANDEMARK, '96x; MATT
BOSTIC, '97; SHAWN HILL, '95;
TODD JACKSON, '95x;
EVERETT BRACKEN, '92; and
DAVID PERRY, '93
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Officer: James Arnette, '90
Officers: Tim Combs, '90
Mark Combs, 79
Jackie Perseghetti, '82
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Officer: Miguel Ayllon, '04
Officers: Mark Robbins, '80
Mary Pierce Ewing, '75
Officer: Lewis Alderman, '86
Officer: Abby Miller, '03
Officers: John Corcoran, '68
Barry Gilman, '69
Officer: Lisanne Boling, '03
Alumni Council: Ginny Schatz,
'54, Bud Schatz, '56, Faith Heitzer,
'69, Joe Runyon, '79, Tom Branson,
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ROBIN (WEDEKIND), '92, and
Dean SARIGUMBA announce the
birth of their second son, Mitchell
Simon, on Feb. 16. Mitchell joins big
brother, Dominic, 2. Robin stays at
home with the boys and Dean works
at Home Shopping Network in opera-
tions. The Sarigumba family lives in
CHUCK REED, '92, is senior pastor
at Goodlettsville, Tenn., Cumberland
Presbyterian Church. Since graduating
from Bryan, Chuck has earned a
Master of Arts degree from Dallas
Theological Seminary, a Doctor of
Ministry degree from Trinity
Evangelical Divinity School and is
working on a Ph.D. degree from
Trinity. Chuck lives in Greenbrier,
Tenn., with his wife, AMY
(SPEARS), '95, and their son,
Charles Robert Reed, III.
CASSIE (PAYNE) '94, and Tim
FISH announce the birth of their
son, Josiah James Allan, on Feb. 28.
Josiah joins siblings Caleb, 8; Anna
Blair, 6; Leah, 4; and Ruth, 2. The
Fish family lives in Franklin, Tenn.,
where Tim is divisional president for
Riverbirch Homes, Nashville. Cassie
runs a sewing business from their
home and home schools their chil-
PHIL, '96, and CHRISTY
(TILLY), '97, PREWETTE
birth of their
on Feb. 4.
Micah Micah Prewette
weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz., and was 20 Vi
inches long. He joins big sister Talia,
6, and big brother Josiah, 4.
Brent and Tara Randall
TARA LUTHER, '96, and Brent
Randall were married Feb. 1 0, in
Chattanooga, Tenn. Bryan alumni at
the ceremony included matron of
honor KELLY (LUTHER)
STULTZ, '93; bridesmaids
RACHEL (SNYDER) ORTEGO,
'96; KATIE SPELL, '00; and
MONICA (ROLLINS) WOOD-
LIEF, '97; SARA BETH WADE,
'99; WENDY (TAYLOR) DAVID-
SON, '96; SARAH BETH
(NORDMOE) DOCKERY, '97;
CHRIS FICKLEY, '96; JEN-
NIFER MUSSELMAN, '01;
DELURA KINDSFATHER, '79;
and RICKY and HILARY (DAVIS)
SMITH, both <96. Tara is the daugh-
ter of DRS. DAVID and SIGRID
LUTHER, both '95H, and members
of the Bryan music faculty. Tara
returned in June 2006 from a three-
year term with Greater Europe
Mission in France, where she taught
English to adults and served in the
local church. Brent has worked as an
architect for the firm Loving and
Campos for the past 1 1 years. The
couple resides in Concord, Calif..
AMANDA (HICKS), '98, and
Brandon PARIS announce the birth
of their daughter, Cambria Lee, on
Dec. 14, 2006. Cambria weighed 8
lbs., 15 oz. She joins big sister Clarity,
3 V2. The Paris family lives in
Chattanooga, Tenn., where Brandon
has his own auto refinishing business.
LYNDA MOORE, '96, lives in
Spring City, Tenn., where she is owner
and principal broker for Tennessee
PAUL, '96, and MELISSA
(LUBKE), '98x, BARTH announce
the adoption of their daughter, Ellie,
in July 2005. Ellie, now 4, joins older
siblings Robbie, 7, and Emma, 2. The
Barth family lives in Chenoa, 111.
MELINDA SNEAD, '98, and Matt
30, 2005, in
Melinda live in (
Melinda is an
nator at North Rowand
Point Community Church and Matt is
a financial analyst for GE Capital.
2001: Elizabeth Miller
2002: Jonathan Mobley
2003: Matt Lowe
2004: Taylor Smith
2005: Barton Stone
2006: Rob Palmer
ZAC BROWN, '01, a math teacher
and head wrestling coach at Rhea
County High School, Evensville,
Tenn., was named area wrestling
Coach of the Year by the Chattanooga
Times Free Press. Zac, in his third
year as head coach, had two medalists
and six qualifiers for the state
wrestling tournament. His team was
one of three co-winners of the Team
of the Year award.
Alumni Golf Tournament
Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 5-7
Four-person select shot
Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place
Door prizes and goody bags
Prizes for longest drive and
closest to the pin
Have your business sponsor a
hole or donate a prize
Call 1-800-55-Bryan or visit
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KRISTI (SIMMONS), '01, and
announce the I
birth of their
on Sept. 19,
2006. Kayden I
weighed 8 lbs. Jonathan and Kayden
and was 20 Hudlow
inches long. She joins big brother
Jonathan, 3. The Hudlow family lives
in Rome, Ga.
MICAH and JUDI (TOLIVER)
ODOR, both '01, announce the birth
of their daughter, Jenna Charis, on
Feb. 1. The Odor family lives in
Kelly and Karis Kroeker
KELLEY (WESOLOWSKI), '02x,
and Jonathan KROEKER work with
Wycliffe Bible Translators in Brazil.
Jonathan does much of the mainte-
nance work at their center, and will be
heavily involved in the center's move
to a site near Brasilia next year. Kelley
and Jonathan plan a short furlough to
the States with their daughter, Karis,
ROBERT and PAULA
both '02, announce the birth of their
son, Micah Robert, on Aug. 4, 2006.
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Micah joins big brother Ethan, 2.
Robert received his Master of
Divinity from Capital Bible Seminary
in May 2006, and was ordained in
October by the Korean- American
Church of Philippi, where he is pas-
tor of English ministries. Paula works
part time as children's director at the
church and stays home with the boys.
Ethan and Micah Kendall
Bronze Star for
I his last tour in
Iraq. The inci-
resulted in the
pened during a firefight and vehicle
chase through a Bagdhad neighbor-
hood. Lucas is stationed with the 1 0th
Mountain Division in Fort Drum,
VALERIE (HUTTENHOFF), '04,
birth of their
BOB ANGOVE, '03x, and
ABIGAIL SNEAD, '05, were mar
ried July 1 6,
es and coach-
es soccer and
Bob works in Angove
sales for an exterminating company.
KATIE FLYNN, '05, has passed her
Maryland state EMT-B certification
and plans to take the national registry
exam. She works for the Army at
Aberdeen Proving Grounds doing
research on toxins and their treat-
JENNIFER GORDON, '05, and
July 30, 2005,
born Nov. 23,
Ryan and Jennifer
Kaye, on Nov. 3,
2006. The Raines family lives in
Freeman family lives in Athens, Tenn.
Justin and Rachel Lonas
JUSTIN LONAS and RACHEL
GENTRY, both '06, were married
Oct. 7, 2006, in Hixson, Tenn.
Alumni in the wedding party included
SARA DAVIS, '06, HUDSON
ELLIS, '06, MARK LIVESAY,
'06x, KEELAN DIEHL, '06, and
BECA YARNELL, '06x. Justin is a
publisher at AMG International for
Pulpit Helps magazine and Rachel
teaches English in Hamilton County,
LOWELL HOYT, '42, of Dayton,
Tenn., died April 6. He is survived by
his wife, REBECCA (PECK)
HOYT, '40; five sons, and a daugh-
LAURA (EASTEP) HUMBERD,
'43, of Winona Lake, Ind., died
March 19. She is survived by her hus-
band, Dr. JESSE D. HUMBERD
'43, and two daughters.
Word recently was received of the
death of JOHN QUIMBY, '45, of
Brecksville, Ohio, on March 21, 2005.
He is survived by his wife, Fran, and
Word recently was received of the
death of EDWIN SVEDBERG, '57,
of Waxhaw, N.C., in June 2006. He is
survived by his wife, Doris Svedberg,
and three children.
CINDY (POPE) FREULER, '90,
of Ooltewah, Tenn., died April 2. She
is survived by her husband, TITUS
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Good memories of her experience at Bryan have
led Shirley Jurliss Hobson to take steps to
ensure those same opportunities are available for
new generations of students.
Shirley, who recently returned to campus to celebrate
the 50th anniversary of the Class of 1957, said she is
thrilled with the way Bryan is going and growing.
"I was back to campus one time many years ago," she
said. "Then I was back two years ago when (husband) Mel
received his Golden Diploma. I'm really thankful for what's
happening at Bryan; it's so up-to-date and current. We're
looking for people to send to Bryan."
Coming to Bryan the first time was a little more of a
challenge. "Her mother wanted her to go to Ohio State,
and said she would help financially," Mel explained. "Her
grandmother in South Dakota wanted her to go to Brigham
Young University and would have paid for all four years."
"That was before I was saved," Shirley interjected.
"God stepped in and prevented that."
Instead, she opted to come to Bryan, following the
example of a friend from her home church, Naomi
Hildebrand Walkwitz, a member of the Class of 1955. "I
visited her at Bryan and liked what I saw and enrolled and
graduated as an English major."
At Bryan, Shirley was involved with the Christian
Service Association, the predecessor organization to
Practical Christian Involvement. She even won blue ribbons
for tennis, as a singles and a doubles player. "I still play ten-
nis once or twice a week," she said.
Several years after graduating, Shirley returned to school
to earn education certification, and spent 30 years as an ele-
mentary school teacher. "I loved the challenge of teach-
ing," she said. "I loved seeing children learn. The Lord
opened doors for me and blessed me as a teacher."
Mel and Shirley Hobson
Recently a speaker at their church challenged her to
consider what she was doing with funds she had saved for
her retirement. "He encouraged us to use our money to
honor God," she said. "That touched my heart.
"We decided to invest in a gift annuity so after we pass
on it will be used for the advancement of 'Christ Above
While the annuity will benefit Bryan College eventually,
it has almost doubled the income that money was earning.
"There is a big tax break as well, and when my accountant
understood what we wanted to do he said, "Absolutely do
it," she added.
Development Director Jim Barth said Mrs. Hobson's
experience is typical. "Many friends of Bryan College find
that when they have money invested in CDs or other
instruments they can double or triple their income, receive
a significant tax break and leave a legacy that will benefit
Individuals interested in learning more about gift annu-
ities or other gift-planning possibilities may contact Mr.
Barth at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 423-775-7280.
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